As most of our clients reside in the Dallas metropolitan area, we like to tailor our educational content to the locale. While the climate in Dallas is similar to the rest of Texas, there are a few key differences. Water is an essential nutrient everywhere, but with drought conditions becoming increasingly prevalent, some municipalities could be placing irrigation restrictions on local residents. This is in an effort to conserve resources, specifically water, and to increase the sustainability of lawn care. These restrictions vary from city to city, which is why we wanted to go over the potential water restrictions for the Dallas area. Following these guidelines is vital if you hope to avoid fines or legal action. Knowledge is power, which is why we want you to know your water restriction terminology for the Dallas area.
General North Texas Best Practices
The hard part about water restrictions in the Dallas area is that each individual municipality will have varying guidelines. For example, a resident in University Park would not face the same restrictions as one in Arlington. However, if you are looking to increase the sustainability of your irrigation, there are some general best practices to follow. Try to select native turfgrass varieties that require less watering, and ensure your irrigation system is only covering turf, no hardscapes or walkways. Additionally, keep track of the amount of rain you receive, and irrigate accordingly.
Stage 1 to Stage 3 Watering Restrictions
If your city is serviced by the Tarrant Regional Water District or the Trinity River Water Authority, water restrictions are designated from stages one to three. However, one really is not that big of a deal, as it does not mandate specific days of the week to water. What it does do is disallow watering anytime between 10 a.m and 6 p.m. Stage two restrictions prohibit the use of any automated system, limiting watering to manual nozzles. Stage three is severe and unlikely, but prevents any outdoor watering.
Late August Watering Restrictions
For all of the cities that fall into the aforementioned water districts, restrictions tend to increase sometime in late August. When this has happened in the past, watering is limited to just two days a week. For example, even-numbered addresses could be allowed to water on Saturdays and Wednesdays, while odd-numbered addresses are allowed on Sundays and Thursdays. The local government could also designate two days for commercial properties, such as Tuesdays and Fridays, which include large residential properties like apartment complexes. Remember, this is subject to change, but picking two days a week based upon the address and property type has been historically consistent.
Where to Find City by City Restrictions?
While the restrictions we have presented are the potentially broader guidelines for the large water districts in the Dallas area, each city may be a little different. Should water guidelines become a need this summer, you should stay up to date on local news and municipal websites. It is more than likely that a need for water restrictions would make headlines, but be on the lookout.
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